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This Week In Health News

Every week, The S-Life Mag will make sure you’re in the know about the latest scientific studies and current events pertaining to health, wellness, nutrition and more. This is the stuff you need to know for your body, mind and soul!

 

TOP STORY!

  • GUYS. This is a big deal. Male birth control has been…let’s call it a fantasy…for a long time. Now, it’s one step closer to being a reality, as a contraceptive gel that blocks sperm flow has proven successful in animal trials. Researchers hope to begin testing the product, called Vasalgel, on humans in the next few years.

 

MORE GOOD STUFF…

 

  • While vaccination guidelines exist for children, there are no comparable recommendations for adults—until now. The CDC has updated vaccination guidelines for adults that cover the hepatitis B, flu and HPV vaccines.

 

  • New research reveals the way the brain uses sleep to restore and refresh itself. A study found that while brain synapses expand during the day as a result of stimulation, they contract by almost 20% during sleep, which creates space for additional growth. So by sleeping tonight, you allow your brain to clear the way for new knowledge tomorrow.

 

  • On a related note, if you’re having trouble sleeping, a camping trip may be what you need to get your internal clock back on track.

 

  • If the sound of someone chewing food drives you insane, you might suffer from misphonia. Scientists say the brains of people who have this rare condition are wired such that everyday sounds can trigger a fight-or-flight response.

 

  • Need help kicking your junk food habit? Consider relocating to Torba, a province of the South Pacific island nation of Vanatu. The island has officially banned all imported convenience and junk foods in an attempt to encourage residents to grow and eat exclusively local, organic produce and fish.

 

  • If you collapsed into bed after Sunday night’s Super Bowl (and the snacks that accompanied it), blame “postprandial somnolence,” the technical term for “food coma.”

 

  • Sunday mornings are for sleeping in, brunch, the NY Times ‘Style’ section…and maybe something a little sexier. According to a survey of 2,000 people, Sundays at 9:00am is the preferred time to get it on.

  

  • A new gene therapy technique that restores hearing in mice could lead to a cure for deafness.

 

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